That cup of coffee will probably go up – Times-Herald


It’s 8 ounces (probably 12 ounces) of sky that is about to hit Earth. Or, if you’re lucky, you’ve just hit the whirlpool.

Supply chain delays associated with pandemics have hit coffee suppliers on bank accounts. Usually this means that the consumer (i.e. you) is feeling a pinch.

A container of valuable grain docked in the Port of Oakland? The espresso was shipped for $ 3000. It is now around $ 22,000.

Beyond the pandemic, there are always natural diseases like frost, droughts and hurricanes.

As a coffee merchant, San Diego-based Harris Haas maintains all of the panoramic views of coffee in the world.

“Right now, coffee prices are incredibly high,” Haas said on the phone Wednesday. “Supply is below demand and will likely remain so until next year. Container shipping costs $ 10,000 to $ 12,000 more than normal, which is a huge amount. “

The good news, according to Hase, is that in the near future wholesalers will “probably pay 25.50 cents” £ 1 more and “no significant increases are expected”.

In addition to supply chain delays, the epigastrium has another financial impact. The COVID tragedy has hit Vietnam terribly. This means that the world’s second largest producer of coffee will raise prices. And it’s not so good for 1st Brazil or 3rd Colombia.

According to, Starbucks’ favorite bean, Arabica, rose 11% in August, 55 last year after last year’s drought and last month’s frost significantly reduced yield prospects for at least two years. % Skyrockets.

Coffee prices are rising due to supply chain delays and high transportation costs. At Mosheti Cafe in Vallejo, you will be given a burlap sack of beans at Oakland Harbor. (Lich Friedman / Times-Herald)

Haas believes COVID has changed the way coffee is drunk, but couldn’t reduce it.

“During the 2008 financial crisis, the unemployment rate in Spain was 30% and coffee consumption increased,” Haas said. “People always go to drink coffee. They are not going to give up the coffee. They can change the mix.

Describing his work as “a little art, a little science,” Haas imports coffee, trades coffee from other imports, and deciphers it in roasters like Fabrice Moscheti from Vallejo. We wholesale coffee.

Mochetti, a 57-year-old Napa resident who was born in France, said the cost has increased and the pain needs to be shared with his account. And it’s not just beans. Two years ago, if he bought a $ 5,000 espresso machine overseas, the shipping was $ 200. It is now $ 700.

They make coffee at home because more and more people are working at home. And while Mosheti is happy to buy coffee, he can’t help anyone who needs a machine.

“I can’t compete with Macy’s, Target, Costco,” he said.

So he sticks the coffee shipped to Auckland in 20- or 40-foot burlap bags, each weighing between 100 and 160 pounds.

Coffee, the world’s largest commodity after oil, is bought in bulk based on market and availability, according to Mosheti.

Timing is everything. And often luck.

“It’s very difficult when it comes to goods,” he said on Wednesday.

Brazil is “by far” the largest coffee producing country in the world, so climatic anomalies can alter coffee prices, Mosheti said.

“Two months ago Brazilian farmers complained that it was cold, which set the market on fire,” Mosheti said. “If there’s a problem in Brazil, it’s like a problem in Saudi Arabia, and the price of oil is skyrocketing.

“Coffee has been cheap for a while, so the recent increase might just be ‘the pendulum is swinging in the opposite direction,” Moshetti said. The market has been down for a long time due to weak demand.

With the pandemic, “demand has changed,” Mosheti continued. “People were drinking coffee at home, not in cafes. I saw it here. I sold more coffee over the Internet.

Whether the $ 3 coffee is justified is “a very difficult question,” Mochetti said. “When we talk about the cost of a product, it’s probably a penny. There are the mugs, the lids, the employee salaries and the real estate prices. Restaurants do business in the Bay Area, one of the most expensive places in the world. Remember this. “

Mosheti orders coffee every week, mainly from Brazil, Guatemala and Colombia. He typically has 500-600 burlap coffee bags in several football field warehouses near Oakland Harbor and is taken to the Moscheti Cafe on Cartra Parkway and Six Street.

Major players like Starbucks and Peet’s are having a huge impact on the market, Mosheti said, calling himself “David against Goliath.” According to Mosheti, coffee buyers often deal with big boys, and little ones “take it or leave it.”

Yet he continues to work.

“The heart of what we do is buy great coffee and sell it competitively,” Mosheti said. “If I can do it, we’ll survive. “

At the height of COVID, Mosheti said he lost half of his account. Those who survived the pandemic are “slowly coming back”.

“The guys were just hanging around,” he said, adding that he had to raise the price, but “you’re trying to be considerate”.

Mosheti believes COVID is “staying here” and believes home delivery and delivery to places away from restaurant accounts is increasing.

“We are preparing for more retail,” he said. “(Business) people have to reinvent themselves. Maybe more drive-ins.

There are climatic challenges as if adjusting to the pandemic weren’t hard enough, Mosheti said, adding that there are already experiments to make plants more drought tolerant.

“And it’s not just drought, it’s extreme weather conditions,” Mosheti said. “One day it is hot and the next day it can be cold. “

“We are talking about big changes for the next generation. Coffee will be affected, ”he said.

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